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Aug 27, 2020 by Arthur

Across the Plains

Fortified with a van-life breakfast, we search for an elusive field of sunflowers. Leaving Minnesota, we explore Grand Forks, North Dakota, then head across the plains toward the geographic center of North America at Rugby, ending the day at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot.

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Aug 26, 2020 by Arthur

The Mighty Mississippi

From the Roadrunner's favorite place to shop, Acme Tools, to Itasca Park and the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River, our tour continues with great enjoyment. Van-trekking is a great way to see the wonders and beauties of the great United States of America.

Have you ever walked across the mighty Mississippi? You can …if you're in the right spot, in Itasca State Park. And we give a little insight into cooking in the van.

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Aug 25, 2020 by Arthur

A Real Indian Chief: Chief Jay

As we travel, we hope to interview interesting people that we meet. Hear Chief Jay as he speaks with us about some of the issues that confront native Americans today.

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Aug 25, 2020 by Arthur

Something Smells Fishy

Smoked Fish, a Big Fish, Enger Tower, Judy Garland, and Chief Jay are all highlights of Day 6 on our Adventure. But only the smoked fish and the big fish actually fit the "fishy smell" title. Don't miss the interview with Chief Jay that we had during the evening.

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Aug 24, 2020 by Arthur

One of a Kind

Frank Lloyd Wright gas station, flower garden, and the waterfront in Duluth, MN are highlights on this day of our travel.

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Aug 24, 2020 by Arthur

One of a Kind: Betty's Garden

Enjoy the interview conducted with a marvelous lady named Betty that we met in Duluth MN. Betty transformed a 200 foot strip of land near her waterfront home.

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Aug 23, 2020 by Arthur

A Day of Rest

Sabbath Rest in Ashland, WI: City of fish, murals, and iron ore. Join us as we take a little tour.

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Aug 22, 2020 by Arthur

Upper Michigan's Iron Country

Iron Mountain, Iron River, Ironwood, an Olympic ski jump, a pasty competition, and Hiawatha. Come ride with us.

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Aug 21, 2020 by Arthur

A Ghost Town …in Michigan?

Travel with us along US-2 from St. Ignace to Iron Mountain, Michigan. Truly an adventure! We discovered a ghost town, made new friends who live in a bus, searched for a gorge, and ended the day at a fresh spring. This one's a little long, because it was such a busy and exciting day. If you would like to see the inside of Steve and Jennifer's bus, and hear more about their story, please visit their blog at www.bustransform.com. They did a fabulous job on the interior of the bus, and they also write a lovely blog.

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Aug 20, 2020 by Arthur

Old Memories and New Discoveries

Heading up to the beginning of US-2, featuring Bellaire, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Mackinaw City, Michigan. We also visited the The Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

For more of Bonnie's grandparents' story, scroll down to Happy 100th Anniversary, George and Laura.

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Aug 19, 2020 by Arthur

VanTrek 2020, A New Adventure

The Joyces are at it again. This time we're experimenting with using videos more often than text. Obviously our blog is a work in progress. Subscribe and get updates whenever we publish a new video. And, always, your feedback is welcome!

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Apr 21, 2020 by Bonnie

Madie's Devotional Journal 1972-73

Mom didn’t write every day, but I thought I’d record this short account I found in a little notebook. She started this when she was 50 years old, and prayed for all of her children, and little Marti, her niece.


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Apr 13, 2020 by Bonnie

A Letter from Dad

A year after Mom left us, I am finally getting around to going through the boxes of memories that she left for us. Most of the writings are in Mom's hand, but occasionally I will find one of Dad's (gold!). I thought I'd share this one today, written to his children. Somehow it seems fitting to the present time, a reminder of the basics of life.

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Oct 31, 2019 by Bonnie

Happy 100th Anniversary, George and Laura

Today, October 31, 2019, marks the 100th wedding anniversary of my paternal grandparents, George and Laura Gardner. I don’t know much about the wedding, only that it was held at a friend’s home. I do know a bit more about their lives, though, through their journals and letters.

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Aug 20, 2019 by Bonnie

Bittersweet

Tomorrow is the day . . . the day I have been anticipating yet dreading. Tomorrow morning I will wake up just as I always do, get dressed, make coffee, spend time in the Word, talk to my Father, and eat breakfast. But it will not be an ordinary day, because it will mark an ending, the end of a 65-year-old story. You see, for the past year and a little more, Art and I have been living most of the time in my childhood home, a home that my parents bought new in 1953. And tomorrow I will leave it forever.


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